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Hartford Changemakers

Black, Latine, and Indigenous leaders in Hartford History

Warner Lawson


Warner Lawson (1903-1971) 

Musician, University Music Department Administrator

Lawson was born in Hartford, attended Hartford Public High School and Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., on a Julliard scholarship, and returned to Connecticut to receive his B.A. in music from Yale in 1929. He studied with Artur Schnable, the noted classical pianist who fled Berlin when the Nazi Party took control. Lawson's father, Raymond Augustus Lawson, was a pianist and teacher and his mother was a soprano soloist with the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Warner returned to Fisk for four years and became head of the music department. In 1936 he directed the music department at A&T College in Greensboro, NC. In 1942 he became Dean of the School of Music at Howard University.

Músico, administrador del departamento de música de la universidad

Lawson nació en Hartford, asistió a Hartford Public High School y Fisk University en Nashville, Tennessee, con una beca Julliard, y regresó a Connecticut para recibir su B.A. en música de Yale en 1929. Estudió con Artur Schnable, el notable pianista clásico que huyó de Berlín cuando el partido nazi tomó el control. El padre de Lawson, Raymond Augustus Lawson, era pianista y maestro, y su madre era soprano solista con los cantantes del jubileo de Fisk. Warner regresó a Fisk durante cuatro años y se convirtió en jefe del departamento de música. En 1936 dirigió el departamento de música en A&T College en Greensboro, NC. En 1942 se convirtió en decano de la Escuela de Música de la Universidad de Howard.

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